Looking to make a difference in your community?

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now CLOSED. Please check back for information on future programs and opportunities.

Email Jason Flatt at food@elijahspromise.org with any questions.

Food Waste and Food Insecurity in NJ

Almost one-third of all food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted. That equates to approximately 1.3 billion tons of food per year! Meanwhile, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans are food insecure, a figure that includes approximately 12 million children and 40 million people overall.


Your Food, Your Choice High School Fellowship Program

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now CLOSED. Check back soon and sign up for future programs and opportunities!

High Schoolers, looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community? Join Elijah’s Promise in learning about school food systems and how to make them work better for everybody. From reducing food waste to improving nutrition to implementing school gardens, together with other students from around Central NJ, we’ll make your food, your choice.

The Your Food, Your Choice Internship includes:

  • ~3 hours a week commitment from Sepember 2021 through June 2022
  • Education and training on school food systems, advocacy and organizing, and support in developing and executing an advocacy campaign to improve an aspect of your school food system
  • Bi-weekly group Zoom sessions
  • Regular one-on-one check-in calls
  • The opportunity to make a difference in your community, building a healthier, more sustainable, more just school food system

Email Jason Flatt at food@elijahspromise.org with any questions.

Books we’re reading about the intersection of food justice and racial justice 

The following books and above articles are what our staff have been reading to better understand the interaction of food justice and racial justice. Food insecurity does not happen in a vacuum. It is merely one manifestation of deeper injustices incurred by generations of racial, class, and gender discrimination and the systems that uphold them today. It is the failure of an entire system that incarcerates, disenfranchises, defunds, and dislocates people of color at rates far beyond those of their white counterparts. We hope these books engender changes to the ways we fulfill our mission of empowering lives through the power of food as we endeavor to understand the role we play in sustaining systemic racism and the role we must play in dismantling it.

If you have further reading suggestions or decide to read any of the books in this selection, we would love to know at food@elijahspromise.org or @elijahspromise on Twitter. Black lives matter, and ensuring true food justice within our community is essential to fulfilling that promise.

Black Food Geographies By Ashanté M. Reese
Collective Courage By Jessica Gordan Nembhard
Colonial Migrants At The Heart Of Empire By Ismael Garcia Colon
The Color Of Law By Richard Rothstein
Dispossession By Pete Daneil
Farming While Black By Leah Penniman
Franchise By Marcia Chatelain
Stirrings By Lana Dee Povitz
This Land Is Our Land By Suketu Mehta